BAT Outperforms Bitcoin, XRP On New Brave Browser “Rewards” Feature

Brave and Basic Attention Token (BAT) team, which consists of Eich, coupled with an array of fintech, Silicon Valley, and crypto veterans, revealed that it would be previewing “opt-in ads in [the] desktop browser developer channel.” While this feature sounds nebulous, there’s more to this integration than meets the eye. In fact, as broken down in a PC Magazine feature article, this new advertising model will allow common Joes and Jills to earn crypto, in the form of BAT, and potentially other rewards in the feature. While the market is trending slightly positive, some analysts expect that BTC is ready to dive. Speaking to MarketWatch, Jani Ziedens of Cracked Market claimed that BTC, if truly oversold, should be posting monumental gains right now, rather than finding itself in an extended lull. 

Following $5 Billion Crypto Drop, Traders See Weakness in Bitcoin

The weakness in the short-term price trend of BTC led the market to demonstrate volatility on the downside. More than $5 billion was wiped out of the crypto market and major assets like Ethereum recorded a six percent drop.Generally, both analysts and traders expect Bitcoin to fall to the low $3,000 region in the days to come. Some have suggested that a strong buy wall below the $3,000 mark may allow the dominant cryptocurrency to recover, implying that a 10 percent fall remains a possibility.The volume of Bitcoin has increased from $4 billion to $5.1 billion, demonstrating a fairly large jump in trading activity in a short period of time. The resistance in the $3,400 to $3,500 range may prevent an abrupt fall by a large margin in the upcoming days.Most of the worst performing cryptocurrencies in the past 24 hours have been tokens and low market cap cryptocurrencies, and small digital assets are expected to perform poorly in the short-term.

Bitcoin is Finding Bottom in 2019, Calls Out Research & Experts

While Bitcoin is down over 81 percent from its peak, crypto-enthusiasts still hold firm belief in the leading cryptocurrency. Experts are calling out a bottom to be near and a good year ahead for the crypto market.Bitcoin is expected to go lower than its current position at $3,670. It is a possibility the leading cryptocurrency will finally hit the bottom this year. The Bitcoin bottom call is made by Dollar Vigilante, Jeff Berwick, who believes either crypto prices have already hit the bottom or near it. Despite this, he is not bearish on Bitcoin prices and expects it to remain in a lull throughout this year.This all might seem pessimistic but according to Wilson, he is just being “incredibly optimistic” as he further discusses the catalyst for the next bull run will be “the result of some of the many promises made in 2017 coming to fruition in 2019.”


Bitcoin Will Still Bite the Dust

When I first arrived at that conclusion, bitcoin’s price was $379. Since then, its price rose to nearly £20,000 and has since fallen to a value $3,621 at the time of writing.My reasoning is based on two simple economic arguments. The first is that the bitcoin mining industry is a natural monopoly and a natural monopoly undermines bitcoin’s core value proposition. The second is that in markets with zero regulatory entry barriers, an inferior product cannot survive long-term. Either of these arguments is sufficient to produce my conclusion that the price of bitcoin must go to zero in the long termEven the bitcoin protocol, the constitution of the system, will eventually be subverted. Every component of the bitcoin value proposition will be destroyed. The bitcoin system will then become a house of cards: there will be nothing left within the system to maintain confidence in the system.
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Long-Dormant Bitcoin Whales Resuming Activity Could Rock Price Action, Analysts Say

Bloomberg bases its report on data and analysis from crypto analytics startup Flipside Crypto, which sealed the backing of major crypto exchange Coinbase and veteran crypto venture capital firm Digital Currency Group (DCG) back in November.According to Flipside, as of Oct. 2018, a high number of long-inactive Bitcoin holders — defined as those that haven’t transferred their Bitcoin for between six and thirty months — have begun to transfer their coins, resulting in wallets active over the past month now holding around 60 percent of the coin’s circulating supply.Last October — on the cusp of the rising trend identified by Flipside — blockchain research firm Chainalysis published its study into the 32 largest Bitcoin wallets. Said wallets reportedly represent 1 million BTC, worth close to $3.7 billion to press time. Their data indicated at the time that only around a third of so-called whales were active traders, and these had “net traded against the herd, buying on price declines.” The study thus concluded the so-called whales were not responsible for price volatility.


Crypto Market Wrap: Sideways on Saturday, Markets Flat Following Recent Rout

Crypto markets are still battered and bruised as we enter the weekend. There has been no sign of a recovery following the $16 billion rout over the past day or two. Total market cap is still a touch over $120 billion so the sideways channel has remained intact.Ethereum has not managed to reclaim its second place from XRP and is still below $130. The imminent Constantinople upgrade to the network is no longer a fundamental factor in the performance of ETH. As it has done since its inception it has been dragged down by Bitcoin again. XRP has made marginal gains on the day which has enabled it to increase the market cap gap to $300 million.
There has been little movement since the big dump as markets find a new level. Daily volume has dropped back to $16 billion and the range bound channel has remained intact above $120 billion. Bitcoin’s dominance has crept up a percent to 52.3% as it still dictates movements across the entire market.

Bullish Correction Still Possible if Price Holds Above $3,550

The bitcoin price on Thursday plunged more than 8 percent across the Asian and European trading session, according to aggregated market data at CoinMarketCap.com.The bitcoin price has broken below its bearish pennant formation. The pennant’s dotted blue trendline represented as (B) indicates the failed support, while the upper trendline (A) is still looking strong as the session resistance.An extended breakdown action could lead bitcoin near its temporary bottom area above $3,110, forming a double bottom. Earlier, analysts have predicted that bitcoin will break below the bottom area to establish fresh lows towards $2,500. From the technical perspective, a double bottom scenario has more likelihood to reverse a trend than to extend it. Generally, the longer duration between the two bottoms would ensure more probability of a bounce back.
Similarly, a break above $3,686 would have us enter a long position towards $3,817, our upside target. A stop-loss order at $3,676, meanwhile, will protect us from potential interim bias switching.


Bitcoin Price Tumbles 10% as Crypto Markets Flash Red

The price of bitcoin fell more than 10 percent during Thursday’s trading session as the cryptocurrency erased a large portion of its recent gains.Bitcoin’s current price of $3,610 reflects a $367 difference and more than 9 percent drop from its 24-hour opening price of $3,995, CoinDesk data further reveals.According to Coindesk’s Crypto-Economic Explorer (CEX), 18 of the 19 tracked cryptocurrencies are reporting double-digit 24-hour losses, with several extending depreciation beyond 15 percent including litecoin (LTC), neo (NEO) and cardano (ADA).Cardano is the worst performers today, currently printing an 18 percent loss. As it stands, the total capitalization of the cryptocurrency market is registering $122 billion, down 10.2 percent on the day.


Bullish Sentiment for Bitcoin Is at a 5-Month High

At press time, the BTC long positions placed on the exchange total 33,750 units, worth $137.3 million at current market prices, whereas the number of short positions is roughly 11,000 units less at just 22,787 – now worth just under $93 million. Although the long/short ratio being at multi-month highs may seem encouraging for bitcoin bulls, the market will likely witness another sharp decline if key support near $3,200 is breached, as it would signal the latest corrective bounce to nearly $4,400 has ended.This would put the market at risk of experiencing a “long squeeze” or rapid closure of long positions, which could have a rapid and bearish effect on the price of bitcoin since the only way to terminate a long position is to sell back the longed BTC.


Bitcoin [BTC], Ethereum and Stellar Lumens supported debit card revealed

The world of cryptocurrencies has received another boost with the introduction of a new cryptocurrency card called BlockCard created by American blockchain firm Ternio. The announcement by the company has revealed that the company will support multiple cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin [BTC], Ethereum [ETH], Stellar Lumens [XLM] and Ternio [TERN] with a plan to add others soon. The concept of cryptocurrency credit and debit cards are not new in the digital assets space, with Uphold being another example. During the launch, Uphold had said that they will be launching the world’s first cryptocurrency line-of-credit service.